Concurrently, each of the album’s 10 track hit Hot Rock Songs, led by “10/10.”
Pony earned 70,000 equivalent album units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 56,000 were via album sales.
The 21-year-old Brit, real name Alexander O’Connor, is the second act to score a first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums with a first charting title in 2019. AJR‘s Neotheater started atop the survey dated May 11 with 32,000 first-week units.
Pony also arrives at No. 3 on the all-format Billboard 200, marking the singer-songwriter’s first appearance. The set is his first on RCA Records.
Each of Pony‘s 10 tracks dot Hot Rock Songs, paced by lead single “10/10” at a new high of No. 6. Each of the songs rank within the tally’s top 30.
“10/10” concurrently bullets at its No. 17 best on the Alternative Songs airplay chart, having previously become Rex Orange County’s first top 20 on the list; his sole prior entry, “Loving Is Easy,” featuring Benny Sings, peaked at No. 27 in October 2018. “10/10” also rises 35-32 on Adult Alternative Songs and returns to its No. 21 high on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, up 14% to 2.9 million audience impressions.